Polo Players Edition

OCT 2018

Polo Players' Edition is the official publication of the U.S. Polo Association. Dedicated to the sport of polo, it features player profiles, game strategy, horse care, playing tips, polo club news and tournament results.

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P O L O R E P O R T POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 55 kept chipping away at the deficit, scoring a lone goal to close the gap to 6- 5 at the half. After the halftime break, Usandizaga leveled the score, but came up short on a pair of Penalty 4s that could have put Shekomeko in the lead. Later, Usandizaga gave Shekomeko the lead early in the fifth, but a Penalty 4 by Ezcurra knotted the score once again. Shekomeko missed a pair of penalties, while Bilboa added another field goal to put Smithfield back on top, 8-7. Ezcurra increased the lead to two, 9-7, in the opening minutes of the sixth. Shekomeko fought back and back-to-back goals by Usandizaga tied the score and forced overtime. A costly mistake by Smithfield gave Usandizaga an opportunity from the 30-yard line, which he seized upon to win the match. Usandizaga, who scored all of his team's goals including the game winner, was named MVP for his efforts. Arlene, owned by John Klopp and played by Julio Ezcurra, was Best Playing Pony. Action continued into August when four teams battled for the 4-goal Constitution Cup. The teams played off over 10 days, determining their placing in the semifinal. Winners moved on to the final, while losers played off for a consolation Handicap final. Gardenvale White (Connor Finemore, Juanse Olivera, Agucho Zavaleta, Jaime Bourdieu) and Smithfield (Craig Callen, Alfonso Robirosa, Julio Ezcurra, John Klopp) advanced to the final. In that match, Olivera got the scoring started with a line drive to goal. Ezcurra responded for Smithfield and Robirosa followed with a goal. Bourdieu tied the score early in the second while Smithfield had no luck around the goal, ending the half 2-2. Smithfield's struggles continued into the second half. It was unable to find the goal and was whistled on a play that gave Gardenvale a Penalty 2. Bourdieu easily sunk the penalty to take the lead. A Penalty 1 in favor of Gardenvale doubled up Smithfield's score, 4-2. Smithfield got its mojo back in the fourth, with Callen and Robirosa finding the target, but Gardenvale wasn't done. Zavaleta sunk a pair of Penalty 4s and Olivera scored for a 7-4 Gardenvale victory. Juanse Olivera was named MVP and his horse, 27, was Best Playing Pony. In the consolation Constitution Handicap final, Savanna (Ian Schnoebelen, Juan Olivera, Bauti Crotto, Nick Bienstock) edged Gardenvale Red (Jennifer Williams/Isi Finemore, Will Harper, Jack Kiely, Shane Finemore), 5-4. Gardenvale Red began with a one-goal handicap, which was soon equalized by a goal from Bienstock. Schnoebelen put Savanna on top to end the first, 2-1. Bienstock traded goals with Isi Finemore to maintain the one-goal difference, 3-2, at the half. Olivera increased Savanna's lead early in the third and Bienstock swapped goals with Shane Finemore to end the third, 5-3. Shane Finemore added a lone goal in the fourth to end the match with Savanna ahead. MILI MARTINEZ Dylan Rossiter does a balancing act in the final of the Eddie Moore Memorial. MILI MARTINEZ MILI MARTINEZ Hawk Hill's Phillip MacTaggart, Dylan Rossiter, Agustin Bottaro and Keko Magrini won the Eddie Moore Memorial. Shekomeko's MVP Tavi Usandizaga, Guy Merison, Oli Merison and Oski Monzon, with Maxi Chenaut, won the Nuevo Escocia Cup.

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